We will now turn to some very important language for presentations. In this section, we will cover what we call signposting language; that is, words or phrases that you need to use in order to guide your audience through what you are presenting. This signposting language is very important as it helps the listeners stay focussed and make connections between the different parts or concepts covered in your presentation.
This is language you use when you are starting the presentation e.g. introducing the topic, but also language you use when ending the presentation e.g. summarising your points.
This is language you use when you are moving from one point or slide to another, or perhaps referring to an idea you covered earlier. Be careful with this, however. You shouldn’t overuse this language; for example, having six bullets in a slide does not mean you need to say ‘next point’ six times!!!
Sometimes, you need to refer to your visuals e.g. tables, pie charts, images, etc. as well as the names of the authors you got the information from.
If you are presenting as a group, then you need some useful language to transition from one speaker to another.
Task: Do the following task to learn more useful signposting language for presentations.
Below are the phrases from the task:
To summarise, signposting language is really important as it makes the organisation of your presentation clearer to the audience, so make sure you use some throughout your presentation. As you can see from the examples above, signposting language is much more than just listing the order of ideas. It is more about telling the audience what will do, what you are doing and what you have done.